Weekly Update – 6th November 2016


MICHAEL AND FLEUR BAYLEY invite members of the congregation to cake and a drink after the 10am service TODAY to help Michael celebrate his 80th birthday.

ANNE PADGET  will be sorely missed in her role as Parish Administrator but we wish her every success in her new role with Chorus UK.  Thank you, Anne for all that you have done these last seven years,

CHURCH OFFICE We are immensely grateful to Anna Sandersfield for stepping in to help us in the office on Mon, Wed and Fri mornings while we recruit a new administrator. Please bear with us during this time of transition. Many thanks Sue.

CONGREGATIONAL ADDRESSES  One of Anne’s final jobs in the office was to update the congregational address list.  This is now available for anyone whose name is on it as a way of keeping in touch with other members of St Mark’s.  If you would like a copy please email Anna in the office and we’ll get them printed off or emailed out next week.  Sue H

CHRISTINGLE SERVICE. Would you like to help with this year’s service on Christmas Eve? Whether you have been involved in the past or would like to help for the first time, please come along to a meeting at 9 Betjeman Gardens S10 3FW on Tues 15th November at 7.30pm. See Sarah C for more info.

CHRISTMAS DINNER?  For several years St Mark’s has hosted a Christmas Day meal for those who might otherwise eat alone.  This year we have had an invitation to join forces with The Vine, one of our Mission Partnership Churches, serving the Upperthorpe area.  Would you be interested in this?  We need to make a decision as a matter of urgency on how to progress so please let me know if this grabs you.  Sue H

BROOMHILL FESTIVAL Meeting: TOMORROW – NOV 7 at 6pm Beacon at Broomhill.  An open, Community review for ALL who are interested in the future of the Festival.  St Mark’s is a key player so if you want to see the festival continue, please come along to the meeting or let Jane Padget know in advance: jane@evaconsulting.co.uk.  The current committee is NOT in a position to run another festival so this meeting is make or break.  Sue

FRIENDSHIP CLUB Wednesday in the lounge at 1.30 pm. 9 November: FORUM – a well-known panel answers members’ questions. Visitors welcome. Details from Rosalind 268 1426.

SAFE PLACE TO CALL HOME is a roadshow being put on by Christian Aid.  One event is happening at St. Mark’s in the Upper Room, Monday 14 November at 7.30pm.  It is an opportunity to deepen our knowledge of and our relationship with the work of Christian Aid, with regard to refugees from war and those fleeing domestic violence in Latin America. It is also an opportunity to find out how we can get more involved.  The event is free.  To register go to www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/safe-place-to-call-home-roadshow-sheffield-tickets-27485267174 All are welcome. Paul Furbey

SUNDAY LUNCHES 20 November, a roast; please sign up to offer puddings.  11December, bring and share; details later. Briony

GARDENING MORNING – Saturday 26 November, 10 – 12. Come along and help sweep leaves, or if you have a leaf-blower, bring it along.  Coffee and cake at half-time!  Briony

WELCOME TEAMS are a great way of getting to know members of our congregation! We’re looking for extra volunteers to join the rota. This is an important and fun part of our ministry so have a chat if you’re interested! Sarah M.

MESSAGE FROM CERI Part of my work in Uganda this year is setting up a research project to explore hospital staff and student attitudes towards gender based violence. We are hoping this can lead to development of education, training, policy and services. GBV is a huge problem with 62% of women in Uganda reporting having had either sexual or physical violence in their life. We are looking for a small amount of money to get the project started. See www.gofundme.com/NoGBV if you feel you can donate. Thanks very much! Ceri Gallivan

NEWS FROM LIFE AND DEATH MATTERS CAFE EVERY TUESDAY in the lounge between 10.30am and 12noon.  On Tuesday 8th November Adrian Scott will be at the cafe. Our cafe will follow the usual format with Adrian stimulating the talking with poetry.  All are welcome.  Jane Padget

AN APPEAL for refugees in Jordan and Greece has come our way. Abdool, from the Broomhill Mosque, is taking containers of supplies to those countries in time for the winter. So donations would be greatly appreciated, especially winter clothing, bedding, nappies, toiletries and women’s underwear. There is a collection centre, and volunteers are also needed to sort through the donations – details on the poster in the entrance hall. More information at https://www.familiesrelief.org.uk/events-page/storage-help/, or speak to Gary. ALTERNATIVE CHALICE  with non-alcoholic wine is available at Communion.  Please indicate to the chalice assistants if you would like this. Sue


Friday 11th November at 11am.  Meg regularly attended the 8am service and was a great supporter of the Broomhill Festival; she will be greatly missed. The service will be followed by refreshments in church, and everyone is invited to attend.  Sarah C

THE ASYLUM JOURNEY City of Sanctuary are providing a training event for church members and others who work with asylum seekers. It will be from 10am to 3 pm on Thursday 17th November in the Upper Room of St Mark’s. Please book through https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/asylum-training-for-volunteers-tickets-28942314241. Queries to David Price (296 0806)

SHEFFIELD INTERFAITH WALK, Saturday 19th November 2016. Starts 2.15pm at the entrance to Victoria Quays and will visit places of worship along the River Don, ending with refreshments at the Bodmin St. Mosque. All welcome. For more details see the notice in the corridor or visit
http://sheffieldinterfaith.org.uk Sarah C

FOOD BANK I will not be able to deliver food bank donations to S6 from Christmas to mid March. If you are able to help please let me know. Jennifer Hurrell

SOUP RUN Any donations of tins of soup and of baked beans (with sausages or not) gratefully received. Feel free to have a chat with any soup run supervisor, if you want to know more. Many thanks. Gary

READING THE STORY The next session will be in the church lounge at 7.30pm on Friday 11 November. We will read together I Samuel ch. 8 -15 (the rise of the monarchy and the story of Saul). New members welcome; bring your own bible. For further details contact Janet Morley at morleyjanet@ymail.com.


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